[Recently posted at the Daily Kos – please see questions about (unwarranted?) banning below]
On the holocaust anniversary yesterday, President Obama spoke eloquently about other holocausts in Rwanda and Somalia. But he steered clear of discussing the human remains and ashes in US run prisons overseas:
there was something about living in cells at Abu Ghraib that never felt right. “We had some kind of incinerator at the end of our building,” Specialist Megan Ambuhl said. “It was this huge circular thing. We just didn’t know what was incinerated in there. It could have been people, for all we knew—bodies.” Sergeant Davis was not in doubt. “It had bones in it,” he said, and he called it the crematorium.
This was reported by award winning journalists in The New Yorker just over a year ago. But for obvious reasons I've never heard any politician mention it.
Now that it's suddenly appropriate to discuss illegal US torture policy – and in honor of the holocaust anniversary – is it possible we can investigate why our soldiers report that Iraqi detainees were evidently burned in ovens?
- Freiheit's diary :: ::
Yesterday Obama said, “part of the responsibility for the Holocaust rests with people who accepted the assigned role of bystander.”
I think he means it. So maybe he was too busy to read The New Yorker during the primaries.
Rather than be bystanders, let's make sure he sees the article today.
I posted this diary a bit hurriedly at the Daily Kos the other day.
As I left for a doctor appointment, I thought I really should change the title of the diary to “Will Anyone Investigate Abu Ghraib's Cremation Ovens?” as soon as I return. But when I returned I had been banned from the Daily Kos for “Conspiracy Theory”. Participants were insisting the article described an “unused” incinerator, a “Saddam era relic”. Actually, none of those phrases are contained in the article, but that didn't stop readers from assuming they were, and Hiding my textless tip jar.
It's fairer to say the article is a bit ambiguous. It makes it clear that, amid the pervasive stink of death, ghost detainees, torture, and photos of dead, beaten men preserved in ice, the soldiers interviewed didn't know how the incinerator came to contain human remains. (Some diary comments dared to admit this.)
Maybe it's me. I've seen Jeffrey Dahmer's neighbor interviewed, musing “Jeffrey was always cooking something stinky, but I never once saw him go grocery shopping.”
I've seen my teen's favorite movie “Sweeney Todd” too many times. A leading character screams (sings) that the horrible smells coming from Miss Lovett's Meat Pie Shop chimney are evidence of “MURDER!” Everyone understands this old lady is crazy and wishes she would go away.
So I just like it when ambiguous horrors get investigated.
Background: I've been posting at the Daily Kos for years, on average once a month, with numerous Recommended and front page diaries, most recently a very popular, productive discussion of legalized Usury – a rarely-discussed problem central to the current economic collapse. Several knowledgeable finance industry workers participated. I've also posted material critical of the Kos editor — notably, when he made a policy of redacting Dennis Kucinich's poll numbers from his own primary poll result summaries whenever Kucinich out-polled Hillary Clinton. Kos ultimately confessed – citing Kucinich's UFO sighting as after-the-fact justification – and at the time one editor made it clear she wished I'd disappear. But I'm not into conspiracy theories – I just love facts.
I don't have much time now either, but I'm curious whether anyone here knows of an appeals process for banned users at Daily Kos. I would have been happy to edit or remove the diary – I make a point of making improvements in response to criticism. I don't think I've had a deleted diary or even a hidden comment there before.